The Wellcome Collection Launches ‘Being Human’ Exhibition | Arts


On Thursday September 5, Wellcome Collection, launched a permanent exhibition titled The Being Human in London. It deals with the meaning of being human in the 21st century.


The new display is divided into 4 sections: Genetics, Minds & Bodies, Infection and Environmental Breakdown.
It presents 50 artworks and object from all around the world featuring personal stories from artist, activist, clinicians and researches.


Curator Clare Barlow said the gallery was a celebration of the fact “we are all different, but also all connected. We all have an impact, both on each other and on the world around us. Each of the objects raises questions and brings in different perspectives”.


The gallery includes works from well-known and contemporary artist such as Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), Deborah Kelly, Kia LaBeija, Onaman Collective, Cassils, Tamsin van Essen and Heather Dewey-Hagborg.


Thus, the first section titled ‘Genetics’ discuss genetic knowledge and genetic inheritance.The second one ‘Minds & Bodies’ approach themes as mental health, the body, and our comportement with ourself and each other in a changing society.


The third one ‘Infection’ studies our relationship with it; And for example there is a jukebox, controlled by the public, which plays songs related to epidemics. Finally, the last one titled ‘Environmental Breakdown’ explore its effect on human behavior.


Furthermore, the gallery space has been designed by Turner Prize-winning arts and architecture collective Assemble.


The Being Human gallery at the Wellcome Collection, London, is now open to the public, with an after-hours event and launch party set for Wednesday, September 11, from 6:30pm. Find out more information here.



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